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Pacific Media Watch is compiled for Asia Pacific Report as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.

ANALYSIS: By Peter Thompson, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The 980 submissions in response to the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media Bill...

COMMENTARY: By Michael Field Just the other day a robot guard came along a corridor in a special digital prison, consulted his flatscreen embedded on...

BOOK EXTRACT: By Robbie Burton In the mid-1990s I started working with New Zealand investigative writer Nicky Hager. I have had the most singular of...

EDITORIAL: By Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley Democracy! We may differ in how we understand and value democracy. But what is the essence of democracy? On...

RNZ News By Colin Peacock, RNZ Mediawatch presenter There is mounting pressure on tech titans Google and Facebook to pay local news media to carry their...

RNZ Pacific Two radio stations linked to the French Pacific's decolonisation movements want to co-operate to lift the use of indigenous languages. The heads of Radio...

RNZ News Social media platform Snapchat has removed a feature that allowed users to apply traditional Māori tattoos on their faces. The filters were pulled after...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk The Civicus Monitor has documented an uptick in restrictions on civic space by the Solomon Islands government, which led to the...

ANALYSIS: By Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov in Oslo We call for a world in which technology is built in service of humanity and where...

ANALYSIS: By Claire M. Gorman The Australian government is moving fast to reset relations with Australia’s Pacific partners, including a larger Pacific role for the...

ANALYSIS: By Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato and Claire Breen, University of Waikato With only six days left for submissions to the select committee examining...

By Ethan Griffiths, Open Justice reporter of The New Zealand Herald An anti-vaccination campaigner who this year became the first person ever accused of breaching...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk The co-founder of Tabloid Jubi, Victor Mambor has been presented with the 2022 Udin Award from Indonesia's Alliance of Independent Journalists...

RNZ Pacific RNZ Pacific has resumed its shortwave analogue service to the Pacific region between the hours of 5 and 9am New Zealand time from...

ANALYSIS: By Gavin Ellis, publisher of Knightly Views Every journalist that "outs" a conspiracy theorist or extremist paints a target on their own back. The anti-truth...

By Agnes Herbert in Port Vila A founding father and former politician has urged young journalists to write more about Vanuatu’s history. In a presentation to...

EDITORIAL: The PNG Post-Courier The alleged shooting of Indonesian fishermen by Papua New Guinean soldiers last week where one Indonesian was reportedly killed is a...

COMMENTARY: By Martyn Bradbury, editor of The Daily Blog If there was one good outcome of the very one sided Fire & Fury, it’s that...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk The potential extradition and prosecution of Australian whistleblower Julian Assange raises concerns for media freedom and could have a "chilling effect"...

Pacific Media Watch newsdesk Billionaire Australian philanthropist Judith Neilson who established a major journalism institute more than four years ago to boost independent media has...

By Hayden Donnell, RNZ Mediawatch producer A documentary from Stuff Circuit this week delved into Aotearoa New Zealand's growing extreme far-right and anti-vax movement. Why did...

COMMENTARY: By John Minto The last 10 days has seen the entire media focus (aside from the ubiquitous concern for the All Black prospects in...